A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer's hard disk so that the website can remember who you are.
A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the 'lifetime' of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.
When you visit our website we send you a cookie. Cookies may be used in the following ways:
Two types of cookies may be used within this website: 'session cookies', which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site, and 'persistent cookies', which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our site if cookies are disabled.
There are a number of ways to manage cookies. If you use different computers in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.
Some modern browsers have a feature that will analyse website privacy policies and allow a user to control their privacy needs. These are known as 'P3P' features (Privacy Preferences Platform).
You can easily delete any cookies that have been installed in the cookie folder of your browser. For example, if you are using Microsoft Windows Explorer:
If you are not using Microsoft Windows Explorer, then you should select cookies in the Help function for information on where to find your cookie folder.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau is an industry body, which develops standards and guidelines to support online business processes. Its website www.allaboutcookies.org gives further details about cookie, web beacons and suchlike, and explains how they be managed and disabled.